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Sh Ajit *

 Ema Momon - Soibam Ongbi Momon Leima
Ema Momon - Soibam Ongbi Momon Leima



Ema Momon passed away

Soibam Ongbi Momon Leima was born to Sanasam Mohori and Nganbi Devi on July 28, 1951, at Kongba Khunou of Imphal East.

She went to Madan Mohon School and after that, she studied at Wangkhei Girl High School, up to Class Eight.

She was married to Soibam Shamungou Meitei of Uripok Polem Leikai and is the mother of 6 children - 3 males and 3 females.

Ema Momon was instrumental in the formation of local Meira Paibi of Uripok Polem Leikai for Nisa Band.

In the year 1993, she joined 'All Manipur Tammi Chingmi Apunba Nupi Lup' and served as Publicity Secretary up to 1998 and after that, she served as Finance Secretary from 1999 to 2001 and later served as General Secretary and President until her last breath.

Ema Momon was at the forefront of different campaigns on Political, Human Rights, and other social issues, including anti-drugs movements.

During the mass uprising of June 18 2001, where 21 sons and daughters of the soil sacrificed for the integrity of the state, Ema Momon also took a main role in leading the people.

In 2003, Ema Momon joined the mass movement against the death of N. Sanjeeta of Jiribam. She also played a pivotal role in the protest against the death of Chanu Rose of Ukhrul, Ahanjaobi of Takyel and Pramo of Keirenphabi.

Ema Momon was among the 12 emas who had staged the historic naked protest against AFSPA in front of Kangla gate in July 2004, the then Head-Quarter of Assam Rifles by disrobing themselves.

Ema Momon is the third lady to have left for heavenly abode after Ema Mutum Ibemhal and Ema Loitam Ibetombi among those 12 courageous mothers of Manipur.

 Ema Momon - Soibam Ongbi Momon Leima
Ema Momon - Soibam Ongbi Momon Leima



On the condolence message by Nupi Samaj, it is stated that Ema Momon also took a main role of the Sharmila Kanba Apunba Lup (SHAKAL) by staging Relay protest at Porompat during the anti-AFSPA movement when Irom Chanu Sharmila was undergoing the longest fast-unto-death protest demanding repeal of draconian act AFSPA.

Many organizations including
AMSU, AMKIL, Nupi Samaj, Tammi Chingmi,
EECHAL, UMO, EEVFAM, Nongpok Leingak Apunba Nupi Lup,
NIMPAL, ANUL, Thoubal Ima, UPF, NIPCO, MAPI Council,
UCM, HRA, CADA, UPACO, LEIMAKOL,
Paona Bazar Women's Organisation,
Khwairamband Nupi Keithel Semgat Sagatpa Lup,
CHITUWA, Macha Leima, Uripok Apunba Lup
condoled the demise of Ema Momon and joined the last rite performed at her locality. A two minutes silence was observed after paying floral tributes at her portrait.

The titular King of Manipur, Leishemba Sanajaoba, who is the Rajya Sabha MP from Manipur, condoled the demise of Ema Momon on July 16 2021 .

A fitting floral tribute was also paid to the portrait of the departed soul today morning at Uripok Pollem leikai Community Hall by maintaining Covid-19 SoP.

'Ema Momon' whose full name is Soibam Ongbi Momon Leima, was the president of the All Manipur Tammi Chingmi Apunba Nupi Lup.

Ema Momon was reportedly admitted at RIMS after being tested COVID-19 on June 24 2021. Later she was shifted to Shija Hospital on June 27 and on July 8 2021, she was then shifted to JNIMS COVID ICU, where she passed away at 7.15 pm on July 16 2021 .


* Sh Ajit wrote this article for e-pao.net
The writer can be contacted at sanamatumsh(AT)gmail(DOT)com
This article was webcasted on July 18 2021.



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